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Wise Quotes about Writers

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No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

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One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

 

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description,
as science writers, but there are bad dreams as well as good dreams.
We're dreamers, you see, but we're also realists,
of a sort.
- William Gibson

We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally.
We have no writers who are recognized,
respected and loved outside the Arab world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

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For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers
form a control group for whom the world is a placebo.
- Nicholson Baker

I think my fascination is less with genre figures than with writers in general.
- Eric Brown

I spend days with writers' block.
It is a problem.
- Mackenzie Crook

As you know from reading many of these Negro writers,
we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy
and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that.
- Stanley Crouch

The writers keep managing to turn the show in on itself,
coming up with something that's well thought-out and miraculous.
- Kiefer Sutherland

An awful lot of thriller writers write women rather badly.
So just doing it OK gets a lot of credit.
- Ken Follett

Literature is always trying to show other parts of
this immense universe in which we live.
It's endless.
I'm sure there will be other writers who will discover new worlds.
- Nathalie Sarraute

Writers never feel comfortable having labels attached to them,
however accurate they are.
- Jonathan Coe

The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte
who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience
and unlimited imagination.
- James A. Michener

The classical writers...
playwrights, Jacobean, Elizabethan playwrights,
all showed areas of all classes and how they live and
painted them pretty authentically.
- Timothy West

Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe,
polite, obedient, and sterile.
- Sinclair Lewis

Writers tell stories better, because they've had more practice,
but everyone has a book in them.
Yes, that old cliche.
- Tanith Lee

Writers will happen in the best of families.
- Rita Mae Brown

Writers are the lunatic fringe of publishing.
- Judith Rossner

I alone of English writers have consciously set myself
to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense.
- Robert Frost

The mercury rule writers also ignored mercury's special qualities.
- Tom Allen

That is sad until one recalls how many bad books the
world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers.
- Gore Vidal

Offhand, the only North American writers I can think
of who have come from a background of rural poverty
and gone on to write about it have been Negroes.
- Alden Nowlan

I'm interested in how artists and writers do this,
using art as therapy.
Escaping into the worlds we create.
We're all victims and few of us are truly free.
- David Lloyd

Writers who have nothing to say always strain for metaphors to say it in.
- Florence King

I love writers.
All of my best friends are writers.
- Patricia Clarkson

My friends tend to be writers.
I think writers and painters are really all the same-we just sit in our rooms.
- Howard Hodgkin

Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible,
early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.
- John Updike

Writers always know whether you like them or not.
- Leslie Fiedler

The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics.
The ones who want to be writers read the reviews,
the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
- William Faulkner

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter.
I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book,
If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.
- Alice Walker

Writers, all the good ones, are Natural Born Liars.
- Daniel Keys Moran

Our principal writers have nearly all been fortunate
in escaping regular education.
- Hugh MacDiarmid

I want to see the writers strike because the writers,
god bless them, are the only true commies we have in Hollywood.
- Ned Beatty

Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers.
- Ken Follett

I've probably had my day in the sun.
I think I've influenced a lot of comic book writers.
- Harvey Pekar

As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create
a literary vision of the new reality.
- Andrzej Wajda

It's always a mistake for writers to key their submissions to world events,
because they move so quickly and unpredictably,
as has certainly proven the case in Afghanistan.
- Richard Curtis

I think writers need windows on a view to remind them
that a whole world is out there,
not the minutiae with which they might be dealing on a close scale.
- Anne McCaffrey

Some writers hate to go to trials, but I love trials.
- Ann Rule

I still feel the impulse to give young writers a hearing,
and I believe I have played more unpublished compositions
than any other band leader in the country.
- John Philip Sousa

All writers are vampires.
- James Gandolfini

Don't write the book you think publishers want to commission.
Plenty of other writers will be doing the same thing.
- Louise Brown

Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers.
But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
- Alain de Botton

The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its
artists and writers to become suspected rather than
respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth.
- James Thurber

Writers let themselves be enticed by the language.
- Peter Bichsel

The English may not always be the best writers in the world,
but they are incomparably the best dull writers.
- Raymond Chandler

Some of the greatest writers in our industry can't get work.
- Kent McCord

But I was, and still am, an avid reader and so when
I first started I chose to photograph many of the great
writers in this country to try and earn a living.
- Fay Godwin

I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of -
I began writing poetry.
And I find that to be quite usual with writers,
their trying their hand at poetry.
- Shelby Foote

I suppose all writers worry about the well running dry.
- Richard Russo

It's well known that actors are lousy writers.
- Richard Grant

I wouldn't encourage new writers to start off publishing
through electronic media...
it still isn't wide enough for the readership they
would need to get a good start.
- Anne McCaffrey

Most comic scriptwriters are very bad.
The artists are good, but the writers are so bad.
- Harry Harrison

You get ideas from daydreaming.
You get ideas from being bored.
You get ideas all the time.
The only difference between writers and other people
is we notice when we're doing it.
- Neil Gaiman

The prophets and the writers of the Psalms were clear
that God was continuing to work in the universe and in all history.
They declared that He had created the universe.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette

There may be something to the suggestion about the
pace of technological change intimidating writers,
though - it's been awfully hard to keep ahead of real developments.
- Stanley Schmidt

I'm always amazed by writers who tell me they plan
everything at the beginning.
I feel their writing days must be very bland.
- Rose Tremain

Contrary to what many writers imply about the process,
nobody forces a writer to sell his work to the film industry.
- Thomas Perry

Our great American writers were all newspaper people.
- John Gould

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable,
and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable,
solutions are not.
- Isaac Asimov

All that writers can do is keep trying to say what
is deepest in their hearts.
- Lloyd Alexander

The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's
also full of fourth-rate readers.
- Barbara Walters

I read, therefore I'm interested in writers.
- Philip Kaufman

But a lot of writers - and I'm one of them -
do tend to feel dissatisfied.
It makes you a little hard to live with,
but it's a goad and does keep you alert and restless.
- Tobias Wolff

The so-called feminist writers were disgusted with me.
I did my thing, and so I guess by feminist standards I'm a feminist.
That suits me fine.
- Chrissie Hynde

Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it.
A good writer turns fact into truth;
a bad writer will,
more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
- Edward Albee

They say great themes make great novels.
but what these young writers don't understand is that
there is no greater theme than men and women.
- John O'Hara

Writers and travelers are mesmerized alike by knowing of their destinations.
- Eudora Welty


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